How legally binding is the Durban deal?
This makes it harder for countries to just walk away. “If you compare that with really glib pledge and review style agreement that some countries were talking about, you wouldn’t have the same level of interconnectedness between the parties, you wouldn’t have the same investment in policies that are dependent on an international regime.”
The whole idea is to negotiate a plan that all countries recognise is in their joint interests and that keeps people involved, says Macintosh.
“By having a binding agreement you’ll have creation of the interconnected system plus the moral responsibility that comes with international law,” argued Macintosh. “But there’s no guarantee that countries won’t walk away, there’s always that risk. The trick is making sure that compliance and participation is in their interest.”
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